The world-famous canals of Venice sparkle with unusually clear water, something that would be impossible with the high traffic of boats, vaporettos, and gondolas that usually sail them and stir up sediment in the water.

The water is so clear you can see huge schools of fish swimming around, and swans, that have traditionally lived in the canals of Burano in the Venetian lagoon, are enjoying having the clear water of the Serenissima to themselves.

But Venice is not the only Italian city seeing a return of nature into its streets.

Dolphins were seen swimming into the port of Cagliari on the island of Sardinia, and in the island’s second town, Sassari, wild boars (which are still pretty numerous all around Italy) have been seen scavenging for food in the empty streets, thanks to a lockdown of citizens and the absence of tourists.

Ducks are also swimming in the fountains of Rome, something that has happened before, but that is of course helped by the fact that there’s no one around to disturb them.